Agatha Christie is most famous for her characters of Hercules Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, but she wrote a number of novels featuring other characters, including five with Tommy and Tuppence, the Young Adventurers. Unlike her other characters, who never age, Tommy and Tuppence appear throughout the course of Christie’s writing career and grow with their author. The first of the five novels, The Secret Adversary, appeared in 1922 and was the second book Christie had published, after A Mysterious Affair at Styles. Then the final book in the series, Postern of Fate, was the last book Agatha Christie wrote.
The Tommy and Tuppence books contrast with the Poirot and Miss Marple books in that while they do feature detective cases, they contain more adventure than the others. The pair solve cases that involve going places and putting themselves in danger, unlike either Poirot or Miss Marple.
The pair balance out each other remarkably. Tommy is a solid man, with little imagination, but intense loyalty and perseverance. On the other hand, Tuppence uses almost absurd creativity in her dealings. She particularly loves a good adventure and has great fun in her detection work. There is one more character who plays a role in each of the books, Albert. Beginning as the elevator boy in a set of flats who assists Tuppence in The Secret Adversary, Albert joins up with the pair in the rest of their adventures, very eager to find excitement in his life.
While these five books are not as well-known as Christie’s more famous detectives, they display a side of Christie not seen in her famous books, one shown in some of her standalone books.
So join with us the next five weeks as we read the Tommy and Tuppence Young Adventurers books.